Lessons from when Jesus healed blind Bartimaeus

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One of the more popular sports person today is Leo Messi, the soccer player watched by billions all over the world. When he plays, he brings a lot of joy to his admirers and followers around the world. If this person brings joy to the world, why don’t we have him go entertain people in troubled places around the world as a means to bring about world peace? A related question is asked about Jesus.

The question is: if indeed Jesus healed, why did he not go to hospitals and heal everyone? Let’s study the narrative in the book of Mark about the healing of blind Bartimaeus for answers. Hopefully, we will learn why Jesus heals (and this is available to me and you) but did not spend all his time in hospitals.

Mark 10:46-52 (New Living Translation) (shortened) says: ‘Then they reached Jericho, and… blind beggar named Bartimaeus… heard that Jesus… was nearby, he began to shout… “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”… So they called the blind man… [he] threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came… “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked… “I want to see!” And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.’

What lessons do we learn about healing in this Bible passage? First, Jesus is on the move preaching to all in every place, he is passing our way with his free healing powers, such that even blind Bartimaeus the beggar could get it; Bartimaeus was fully convinced that in ‘Jesus, Son of David’ his solution had arrived; Bartimaeus kept it simple when Jesus asked ‘what do you want?’ His answer: ‘I want to see’ did not try to buy Jesus; he did not say ‘Jesus I will give you gold and silver, make me see’.

Like Bartimaeus, let’s come to Jesus with the cry “Son of David, have mercy on me!” If my money, degrees, beauty, or race, can give me the perfect life, great. However, if with all I have achieved, I am still burdened and weighed down with troubles, try Jesus. Come like Bartimaeus, simple, ordinary, humble, sincere, follower!

May the Lord bless you, keep you, heal you, in Jesus name, Amen!

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